End Medical Mis-Management of Low Back Pain
SOURCE: A Chiro.Org Editorial
The medical “debate” has been going on for years…is spinal adjusting (a.k.a manipulation) effective for Low Back Pain? The original Meade study (British Medical Journal 1990) demonstrated that chiropractic was much more effective for LBP than conventional medical care.
In 1993 the province of Ontario, Canada hired the esteemed health care economist Pran Manga, PhD to examine the benefits of chiropractic care for low back pain (LBP) and to make a set of recommendations on how to contain and reduce health care costs.
Manga’s report A Study to Examine the Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness of Chiropractic Management of Low-Back Pain cited research demonstrating that:
(1) chiropractic manipulation is safer than medical management for LBP;
(2) that spinal manipulation is less safe and effective when performed by non-chiropractic professionals;
(3) that there is an overwhelming body of evidence indicating that chiropractic management of low-back pain is more cost-effective than medical management;
(4) and that there would be highly significant cost savings if more management of LBP was transferred from medical physicians to chiropractors